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Pompieri Pizza owner to launch new taproom

The owner of Bull City Burger and Brewery and Pompieri Pizza is opening a third restaurant in Durham.

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DURHAM, N.C. — The owner of Bull City Burger and Brewery and Pompieri Pizza is opening a third restaurant in Durham.
Bull City Solera and Taproom, which will be located in the old Chick-Fil-A building at 4120 University Drive, is planning to open this fall, according to a press release. Work will being this summer to enclose the drive-through.

The restaurant will feature a full bar, indoor seating and kitchen.  The outdoor space will include a fire pit, patio tables and event space.

The restaurant menu will include Mexican Pizza and Italian Tacos created by Seth Gross, the owner of both Bull City Burger and Brewery and Pompieri Pizza.

"I am very excited to bring locally sourced food made from scratch, and an independently owned option to this side of Durham,” he said “I have always felt that the south end of Durham has been underserved with regard to enough independent restaurants featuring the food representative of the ‘foodiest small town in America.’ I am thrilled to join the small number of great restaurants in the area with a new family-friendly option also offering a late night menu.”

The menu will stay true to Pompieri and Bull City's menus by offering "happy” meats raised in North Carolina without added hormones or antibiotics. Also look for gluten-free and vegan options.

“We won’t be serving burgers or Neapolitan pizza here,” Gross said. “Been there and done that. We are going to do something new and I can’t wait to show off all our great flavors. Get ready for comforting food that’s familiar, but different at the same time.”

The bar will feature a glass-enclosed oak barrel solera, which will be used to age beer. The beer will be stored in rows of oak barrels stacked in a pyramid. Several times a year, beer will be taken from the bottom level of barrels, blended and served on tap. The upper rows of beer will filter down and new beer will be added on top.

The craft beer on tap will come from Bull City Burger and Brewery.

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